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R.C. Jones Is Dead
April 26, 1917

After Squire R. C. Jones had seemed to recover from a hemorrhage of the brain which so nearly caused his death some time ago, it was with and surprise that the news came Wednesday of his death, which occurred at 1:25 in the afternoon. The family had been advised that his condition was again critical and they were all here at the time of his death. They included a brother, Mr. H.K. Jones of Toyah, two sons, Misters A. O. Jones of Oklahoma City and W. M. Jones of Ardmore and a daughter, Mrs. C. E. Florence of Gilmer.
Funeral services were conducted this morning at the Methodist Church by Pastor O.P. Clark at 10:00 o’clock. Many of his old time friends gathered to pay the last respects to their comrade and friend.
Mr. Jones has been for many years a prominent and respected citizen of this town and his death causes universal sorrow. A description of his life will be given in a early issue.

Resolutions Of Respect
Baylor County Banner
May 3, 1917

Whereas, R.C. Jones, Justice of the Peace of Precinct No 1, departed this life on the 23rd inst. Therefore,
Be it resolved, by this Court that in the death of Mr. Jones, Seymour and Baylor County loses one of its oldest, most honored and respected citizens, and one of it’s most scientious and efficient officials.
Be it further Resolved, that this court extends deepest sympanthy to the widow, children and other relatives of the deceased in this their hour of sore bereavement.
It is further Resolved that this resolution be spread upon the minutes of this Court, and a copy therefore furnished the family of the deceased and a copy published in the Baylor County Banner. Given under our official signatures on this the 28th day of April 1917.
Nat. G. Mitchell, County Judge
G. B. Morris, Com Pre. No. 1
Jap L. Hall, Com Pre. No. 2
G. W. Holmes, Com Pre. No. 3
A. A. Harrison, Com Pre. No. 4

Mrs. J.H. Henson
Florence V. (Dudley) Henson

Mrs. J. H. Henson died at 12:15 a.m. November 29, 1954 at the home of her daughter, Mrs. John Brooks of Mabelle. She was 78 years old.
Funeral Services were held at 2:30 o’clock on the afternoon of November 30, at the Calvary Baptist Church in Seymour. Conducting the services was Rev. R.G. Lacewell, pastor of the Vera Baptist Church. Music was by the church choir.
Interment was in the Henson Cemetery, beside the grave of her husband, “Uncle Jimmie” Henson, who died in 1943. The pallbearers were: Clifford Robertson, Rube Richards, Grady Hardin, Tom Hardin, Holye Sullins and Henry Patterson. Arrangements were by Harrison Funeral Home. A large crowd of friends attended the services.
Florence Victoria Dudley was born March 1, 1899, in Kentucky. She came to Texas with her family in 1886, and settled at Vera. There she was married to J.H. Henson, and they lived on their farm three miles northeast of Vera. The children were reared there, and that is where Mrs. Henson continued to live until shorty before death.
Surviving the deceased are the following children: Mrs. Sallie Austin of Cushing, Oklahoma; Mrs. Bessie Brooks of Mabelle; John Henson of Seymour, Roy Henson of Vera and Jim Henson of Decatur. Almost like a son was J.R. Henson of Vera, who was reared in the Uncle Jimmie Henson home. Also surviving are 28 grandchildren, 37 great-grandchildren, and three great-great-grandchildren.
After they were past 70 years old, Uncle Jimmie and his wife were converted and united with Vera Baptist Church. They never did weaken in their faith, and tried to do all the good possible for them in this world. A fine pioneer couple have gone to their heavenly reward; leaving a record of good works behind them and having earned the respect and love of family and friends.

Taken from Baylor County Banner, issue dated Thursday, June 14, 1973
C.T. Morris Rites Sunday

C.T. Morris, 94, a resident of Baylor County since 1915, died Friday in a local hospital after a brief illness.
Services were held at 2 p.m. Sunday in First Baptist Church with the Rev. Don Chaffin, pastor, and the Rev. Douglas Crow, pastor of Vera Baptist Church officiating. Burial was in Riverview Cemetery under the direction of Seymour Memorial Funeral Home.
Born August 21, 1878, in White County, Arkansas, he was a retired farmer and member of First Baptist Church.
Survivors include two sons, Claude of Seymour and Leslie of Kermit, Texas; a daughter, Mrs. Christine Drummond of Fort Worth; six grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and a great-great-grandchild.

Mrs. Rosa Bennett Giles
Mrs. Rosa Bennett Giles, 88, died Friday, September 20, 1996 at Bowie Memorial Hospital, Bowie, Texas.
Services were held Sunday, September 22, 1996 at 2 p.m. at Burgess-Fry-Owens-Brumley Chapel, Bowie, Texas. Rev. Larry Kennedy, Pastor of Stoneburg Baptist Church, Stoneburg, Texas, officiated. Burial was in Elmwood Cemetery, Bowie, Texas.
Mrs. Giles was a resident of Bowie for 18 years. She was born August 5, 1908 in Round Timbers, Texas. She was a retired Grader for Swift Packing Company in Fort Worth, Texas after 25 years. She was a member of the Calvary Baptist Chruch of Bowie and married Ray Giles on March 29, 1980 at Bridgeport, Texas.
Survivors include her husband, Ray, of Bowie; 2 daughters, Mrs. Patty Brains of Fort Worth and Mrs. Frannita Clark of Spanaway, Washington; 6 grandsons and 1 great grandchild; 4 sisters, Mrs. Emma Adams of Lake Worth, Mrs. Martha Little of Bedford, Mrs. Henrietta Compton of Las Vegas, Nevada and Mrs. Vivian Fife of Fort Worth; numerous nieces and nephews.

Taken from Baylor County Banner, issue dated
Published On March 23, 1989

Sena Overton
Sena Overton, age 93, passed away Saturday, March 18, 1989 in a Seymour Nursing Home.
Services were held Monday, March 20 at First Baptist Church with Rev. Joe Ainsworth, pastor officiating. Graveside services were at Roby, Texas Cemetery under the direction of Seymour Memorial Funeral Home.
She was born March 4, 1896 in Washington County, Texas. She and Ed Overton were married on February 6, 1915 in Royston, Texas. She was a member of the Northside Baptist Church at Weatherford, Texas.
Survivors include two sons, Vernon of Seymour, Texas and Maurice of Weatherford; a sister, Leslie Brumsfield of Comanche, Texas; seven grandchildren; eleven great-granchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.

Taken From The Banner Obituries Dated Thursday, May 14, 1981
M. E. "Pick" Tarver
M. E. "Pick" Tarver 89, died Wednesday, May 6, 1981 at his home in Seymour.
Services were held at 2 p.m Friday at First Presbyterian Church of Seymour, Dr. Edward C. Hart, pastor, officiated. Burial was in Seymour Masonic Cemetery under the direction of Seymour Memorial Funeral Home.
Mr. Tarver was born November 1, 1891, at Water Valley, Mississippi. His family moved to Seymour in 1901, and he made Seymour his home for 80 years, operating a tailor and cleaning and pressing business for 53 years. He was a member of the Presbyterian Church and Seymour Lodge 604 A.F. and A.M. He was a 32nd Degree Mason and a Charter member of the Seymour Chamber of Commerce, and a Charter member of the first Lions Club.
He saw Seymour grow from a plank sidewalk to paved streets and modern business establishments and went through some good years and some very bad years. He remembered in his younger days that even though times very hard, people were mostly poor but happy and made the best of life as it came. He spoke many times about leading business men who always helped make Seymour a better place in which to live. He loved Seymour and always said it had the best people in the world, and he appreciated his many customers.
He was very active in the Seymour Masonic Lodge. He and his friend Loyd D. Jones, enjoyed the distinction of being the only ones to serve two terms as Grand Master of the Lodge. On October 14, 1965, he received his 50 year pin.
"Pick" Tarver as he was known for so long by his many friends, will be missed from the community. He contributed much of his lifetime to service.
Survivors include his wife, Neely Dixon Tarver; one daughter, Mrs Verle Reynolds of Seymour, two sons, Jack Tarver of Houston and Charles Dixon of Wichita Falls; six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

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Cyril Joe Smajstrla
Cyril Joe Smajstrla, 88, were at 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Rhineland, Texas. The Revs. Harry Fisher, Pastor of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Seymour, and Bob Strittmatter, pastor of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church officiated. Burial was in St. Joseph’s Catholic Cemetery.
He died Thursday, April 24, 1986 in the Seymour Hospital.
He was born June 7, 1897, in McClennan County. He and Anne Michalick were married February 27, 1937, in Rhineland. they lived in Rhineland until 1948 before moving to Baylor County.
He was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Seymour and a retired farmer.
Survivors included his wife; a son, Albert of Seymour; two daughters, Georgia Kleypas of Houston and Betty Lou Barrett of Garland, Texas; a stepson, Alvin Michalick of Munday; two brothers, Floyd of Hillsboro, Texas, and Steve of Abbott; two sisters, Mary Pavlas and Betty Zaplac of Abbott, Texas, 23 grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren.

Jerry John Smajstrla
Jerry John Smajstrla, 51, died Saturday in the Seymour Hospital.
Services were held at 10 a.m. Tuesday at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church. The Rev. Brendan McQuire officated.
Burial was in St. Joseph’s Catholic Cemetery in Munday under the direction of McCauley-Smith Funeral home.
He was born December 27, 1929, at West, Texas. He was a member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church and was a painter and a farmer.
Survivers include his parents, Mr. and Mrs. C. H. Smajstrla of Seymour; two sisters, Georgie Kleypas of Houston and Betty Lou Garrett of Garland, Texas; and two brothers, Albert of Seymour and Alvin Michalik of Munday.

James “Jim” H. Henson
This section lost another one of it “pioneers” citizens last week, when J.H. Henson of Vera passed away at the Baylor County Hospital, at the age of 87 years. He had been in failing health for the past few years and after getting a fall not long ago and fracturing his hip, the doctors told the family that the end was a matter of only a short time. He died on October 4, 1943.
Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon at the Vera Baptist Church, with Pastor A.A. Farley in charge. He was also assisted by Rev. J.R. Balch of Seymour. Interment was in the Henson cemetery, north of Red Springs with the following pall bearers: D.A. Holman, S.H. Shipman, A.K. McGaughery, J.J. Collier, Rube F. Richards, C.M. Randal. Flower girls were granddaughter of the deceased, the Richard twins, Mrs. Doss and one great-grandchild.
Mr. Henson was born April 3, 1856, at London, Tennessee. He came to Texas in 1880, in the company of his brother, the late John R. Henson of this place, and they settled for a while in Ellis county, before coming on here. They came to Texas from Illinois. At first Mr. Henson worked on a ranch in the Round Timber Community and it was there, on February 22, 1885, that he was married to Miss Florence Dudley.
Later on Mr. and Mrs. Henson resided two or three years in Oregon and then went to California, moving back to this country in 1907. At that time, they bought a farm northeast of Vera, where they have lived ever since. In 1928, they built a nice home there.
Deceased is survived by his wife and the following children: Mrs. Sallie Austin of Decatur, Mrs. Bessie Brooks of Seymour, John Henson and Roy Henson of Vera, Jimmie Henson of Dallas, and Mrs. Jewel Cheek of Stamford. All were here for the funeral, together with members of their families.
Mr. Henson was converted in a meeting last spring at the Baptist Church in Vera, and was baptized in the baptistry of the church at Seymour. He has always lived a splendid moral life, and had carried out most of the principles of Christianity in his daily life. He was an example for morality and good citizenship for those about him, and his influence will continue for good among his family and friends.
The familiar figure of “Uncle Jimmie” will be sadly missed by his family and by his other associates. He was of a day and generation that has almost become a thing of the past, and his kind will not be seen here whenever the old pioneers are all gone. The family has the sympathy of the community of their loss, and at the same time there can be comfort in the long life he lived and the good influence he had in the world. In the eternal life that is to follow Mr. Henson will reap the eternal rewards for a life that was well lived.

Taken from Baylor County Banner, issue dated Thursday, March 15, 1973.

Jim Morris Rites Sunday

Jim Morris, 73, a lifelong resident of Baylor County died Saturday at the local hospital. Services were held at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 11, 1973 in the First Presbyterian Church with the Rev. Harold Calhoun, pastor of the First Christian Church, officiating. Burial was in the Masonic Cemetery under the direction of Elliston-Archer Funeral Home.
Morris, born May 4, 1899 was a member of the Masonic Lodge and First Presbyterian Church.
Survivors include his wife Loise McDonald Morris; a son, James Eugene of El Paso; a daughter, Mrs. Buddy Crenshaw of El Paso; a brother, Cline Morris of Seminole, Texas; five sisters, Miss Blanche Morris and Miss Katherine Morris, both of Dallas, Mrs. George Hannon of Green Bay, Wisconsin, Mrs. G.L. Neyland of Nashville, Tennessee and Mrs. Eris Wimberley of Edna, Texas, and seven grandchildren.

Taken from Baylor County Banner, issue dated
Published May, 30, 1996

Charles C. Dixon

Charles C. Dixon, 73, passed away Wednesday, May, 22, 1996, in the Seymour Hospital.
Funeral services were held at 1 p.m., Friday May 24 at Seymour Memorial Home Chapel with A.B. Martin, Jr. and Bud Branson, both ministers of the Church of Christ, officiating. Burial was in Seymour Masonic Cemetery with Masonic graveside rites conducted by Seymour Masonic Lodge No. 604 AF&AM.
Mr. Dixon was born April 16, 1923, in Prairie Hill, Texas. He and Jewel "Judy" McDaniel were married, October 16, 1943 in Fort Worth, Texas. He worked with his mother, Neely Dixon Tarver, before becoming owner and operator of Dixon Studios from 1955-1974. He began working for KAUZ-TV in Wichita Falls, Texas as a photographer in 1969. He retired 1985. He was a member of the Church of Christ and Seymour Masonic Lodge No. 604 AF&AM. His son, Curtis Lee, passed away October 25, 1974.
Survivors include his wife; a daughter, Neely Jan Sullivan of Seymour, Texas; a son, Jimmy Mack of Wichita Falls, Texas; a sister, Verle Reynolds of Seymour, Texas; four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Taken From The Banner Obituries Dated Thursday, August 6, 1981
Neely Dixon Tarver
Neely Dixon Tarver 79, died Tuesday in a Seymour nursing home following a lengthy illness.
Services were held at 10 a.m. Thursday at the Seymour Memorial Funeral Home. W.E. Burkham, Church of Christ minister, officiated. Burial was in Seymour Masonic Cemetery.
She was born January 31, 1902 in Paris, Texas. She had been a Seymour resident since 1936. She was a photographer and operated Dixon Studio unitl 1962.
Survivors include two sons, Charles Dixon of Wichita Falls and Jack Tarver of Houston; a daughter Mrs. Verle Tarver Reynolds of Seymour; six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

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